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The Celts, Brno and the Stars

10. 11. 2021 - 3. 7. 2022

Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Admission: regular 70 CZK, reduced 35 CZK, family 150 CZK


Stars shine above Brno and its rich history last for thousands of years. The Celts, too, found their home under these stars which is proved by their burial ground in Brno-Maloměřice dated back to 380 – 250 BC. This burial ground, unearthed in 1941 during the construction of Brno goods station, belongs with its nearly 90 graves to the largest Celtic necropoles in Moravia.

The international fame of the necropolis is due to the extraordinary find of a set of bronze fittings originally fixed to a wooden ground that has been reconstructed to the shape of a sublime vase on foot with spout, handle and lid. The components bear basic elements of Celtic art - zoomorphic, anthropomorphic and vegetal motives. The most interesting and for the interpretation of the find important element are the eyes on the sides of the flagon. According to the hypothesis of Prof. Václav Kruta, their location corresponds to the constellation of Taurus on the sky in the time of winter solstice and to the Sommer Triangle at the summer solstice, thus it represents the stylized starry sky above Brno.

The so called flagon from Maloměřice can be interpreted unequivocally as a ritual object used during ceremonies or mysteries carried out on sacred places. Without any doubt it can be considered one of the iconic masterpieces of Celtic art. Both with its exterior manufacturing and its inner symbolic meaning it bears a deep charge of Celtic spiritual world of which art was an effective, impressive and indispensable expression.